Five Postal Authority strike leaders arrested as protests continue
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CAIRO: Five leaders of the Postal Authority workers strike in Alexandria were arrested from their homes in raids by police officers at 1:00 a.m. on Tuesday, according to MENA Solidarity Network.

The five detainees were brought before prosecutors in Moharram Bey Tuesday morning.

Daily News Egypt reported that following the arrests Postal Authority workers in Cairo’s central post distribution point joined the strike on Tuesday.

Further, Cairo and Giza post office workers also joined the strike, according to Al-Masry Al-Youm. The strike administration held meetings on Friday to prepare for the strike and coordinate with all areas nationwide, the secretary general of Post Office union Zeinab Ali said.

Post office workers will return to strike on Sunday in some governorates after a meeting with Minister of Communication Atef Helmy failed to reach an agreement on Thursday, Youm7 reported.

The minister offered them a minimum allowance of 100 EGP (U.S. $14.3) and a maximum of 150 EGP starting next July.

Head of the Post Office Union Mohamed Saftawy said in a press statement on Saturday that workers insist on their demands, including dismissing the head of the Postal Authority Ashraf Gamal and his advisors, annexing the Postal Authority to the Cabinet, giving workers an allowance of seven percent of the salary as of next July and increasing incentives to 30 percent.

Additional reporting by Ashraf Azzouz.

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